The latest version of Google Chrome, version number 66, silently added support for the Oculus Rift headsets, which means you can now use the high-end VR device to explore the Web in virtual reality and make use of compatible WebVR applications. Rift's support was first picked up by enthusiastic Reddit users on the Oculus subreddit this week, some of whom noticed the new feature in the hidden "Experiments" section of Chrome. Variety subsequently reported on the existence of the feature, and The Verge can confirm that Rift compatibility in Chrome is now available for the Windows 10 version of the Google browser. That makes sense, since RV web applications will not run on an Oculus connected to a Mac.
So far, virtual reality web experiences have been relegated mainly to the mobile version of Chrome. Google started last year by adding support for Android phones ready for Daydream, so it would not need to start a special application, but could simply travel to a website or video prepared for virtual reality anywhere in Chrome for mobile devices. Later, the company expanded support to any Android phone compatible with its DIY cardboard platform and low cost. In September 2017, Google did it so Daydream View headset users could explore any website in virtual reality using a special viewer built into Chrome for mobile devices.
Now, with Oculus support, you can explore the virtual reality of the web from a desktop computer using a high-end headset like the Rift. Granted, there is not a ton of content specifically designed for the visualization of virtual reality on the high-end web, with a greater focus on the part of Google and the external creators in the mobile experiences. But this week, Google launched a new initiative in partnership with CyArk, a laser-scanning nonprofit organization, to create immersive experiences around endangered real-world historical sites to help preserve monuments, structures and other historical treasures of the world. world at risk. These experiences work in the mobile virtual reality, but also in the desktop, which means that you can probably use the Rift to explore them from your Windows Chrome browser.